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Chicagoland Junction Series: NERSKA/ LEMOYNE Crossing, Chicago, IL. 9-27-09.

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Published on Sep 27, 2009

I set out to do a little reasearch on some junctions in the area that are seldom photographed. NERSKA Crossing is an old Chicago Junction located on the South Side. This spot used to be popular back in the day when it was more accessible, but due to heightened security, this junction is pretty much off limits. Going East and West is the BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision. BNSF knows this spot as "NERSKA" while BRC knows it as "Lemoyne." BNSF's huge Corwith Intermodal Yard sits East of this junction and lots of intermodal traffic moves in and out through here. Running North and South is the BRC Mainline. The Belt Railway Of Chicago handles many transfers and trackage rights trains from the first class railroads. Up to 50 trains a day can be seen on this busy mainline. The bridge to the North is a swing bridge. In fact, one of only seven on the Chicago Sanitary And Ship Canal. Not that many considering the number of railroad bridges that cross this river. South of where the BNSF and BRC cross at grade is the CN/IC Joliet Subdivision. The CN resides on the south side of the I-55/Stevenson Expressway and handles Amtrak's Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle Trains.

NERSKA is not the only junction in this area. Ash Street, Belt Jct, and Forest Hills are a few other obscure junctions all within minutes of each other. Eventually they too will get a revival.

3:13PM-
BNSF Q-NYCLAC just hopped off of the NS at Ash St. further East. Here it is now at Nerska proceeding West. Anyone know what happened to the lead unit?
BNSF ES44DC #7527
BNSF C44-9W #5214
BNSF C44-9W #4754
BNSF C44-9W #5220

3:41PM-
I now moved South of the Stevenson to shoot this CP intermodal/manifest move up to the Lemoyne Signals. They are waiting for an opening over the congested BNSF.
CP ES44DC #8884
CP ES44DC #8887

4:00PM-
A few BNSF movements went through and now trains on the BRC are ready to go and dominate the diamonds. The CP trackage rights freight advances North upon getting the ok. Going South from the other direction is G39, a transfer out of Bensenville to Proviso. SOO LINE power leads today in perfect afternoon light.
SOO GP38-2 #4439
CP GP38-2 #4403

4:10PM-
Another CP trackages rights train in the form of a container intermodal follows closely behind the other and is seen crossing the CN/IC Joliet Subdivision.
CP AC4400CW #9546
CP ES44DC #8825

4:16PM-
The BRC is now clear and as expected, a floodgate opened on the BNSF. Light power moves East and meets a five unit lash-up on an outbound intermodal. A one-unit wonder leads a long line of stacks long hood forward around the connector to the BRC.

Light Units
BNSF C44-9W #4122
BNSF ES44DC #7791
BNSF C44-9W #4006

Westbound Container Intermodal
BNSF C44-9W #4157
BNSF C44-9W #4895
BNSF C44-9W #4025
NS C40-9W #9221
NS C40-9W #9331

Transfer To BRC
BNSF C44-9W #4748

4:34PM-
This BNSF Z-train clanks over the diamonds right before another train on the BRC dominates the diamonds again.
BNSF ES44DC #7544
BNSF ES44DC #7542
BNSF ES44DC #7794
BNSF C44-9W #4907

4:43PM-
Ex. Conrail power leads a vehicle train South over the canal, then over the diamonds sounding it's RS3L.
NS C40-8W #8379
NS SD70M-2 #2745
NS SD70M-2 #2742

(c) 9th Street Productions.

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